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CLEVELAND (WJW) – Look up! One of the oldest known meteor showers will light up the night sky this weekend.
According to NASAthe Lyrids meteor shower began on April 15 and continues through April 29, but the shower will increase this Saturday and Sunday.
Will Northeast Ohioans see it? FOX 8 meteorologist Dontae Jones said there was about a 70% chance Sunday morning.
So, where should you look? Local astronomer Jay Reynolds told FOX 8 that a bright star, Vega, easily visible in the northeast, serves as a marker. Reynolds recommends looking at that spot for 15 minutes on a clear morning around 3 a.m.
FOX 8’s meteorologist says it will be partly cloudy at that time Sunday, but there’s still a chance to see it as long as the clouds cooperate.
An average of 10 to 20 Lyrid meteors can be seen per hour during peak hours, but NASA says viewers can sometimes see up to 100 meteors per hour.
Scientists say that the first sightings of Lyrids were recorded by the Chinese in 687 BC.
Read more about meteor showers and other astronomical events here.